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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Previewing the Vander Plaats case against Branstad

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Bob Vander Plaats was the clear front-runner in the Republican field
of gubernatorial candidates a few months ago. He's been campaigning
for the job longer and more actively than anyone else. He had contacts
statewide from his 2006 campaign for lieutenant governor, and from
Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign. He also had several
endorsements from state legislators and a big lead in a Republican
poll taken in July. During the past six months, various potential
Republican candidates have ruled out a campaign for governor,
including Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and State Auditor
David Vaudt. Efforts to recruit a business leader (like Mary Andringa)
failed too. Some Iowa politicos believe that these people backed off
not because they thought Governor Chet Culver was unbeatable, but
because they couldn't see a way to defeat Vander Plaats in the
Republican primary.

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